Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Daguerre Monument
In 1889 the Photographers' Association of America commissioned sculptor Jonathan Scott Hartley to create this work to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Daguerre's achievement. Hartley's design features a likeness of Daguerre based on an original 1848 daguerreotype by American photographer Charles R. Meade (1826–1858) of Meade Brothers Studio. The Sculpture includes the kneeling figure of fame, who frames Daguerre's head with a laurel wreath fashioned from the garland that encircles the globe—a symbol of the international impact of Daguerre's invention. Upon its completion in 1890, the Daguerre Monument was presented to the Smithsonian. It was placed in its current location in 1989, with sponsorship of the Professional Photographers of America, to mark the 150th anniversary of photography.
Jonathan Scott Hartley (1845–1912)
Bronze and granite, cast in 1890 by Henry-Bonnard
Lent to the National Portrait Gallery by the National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Conservation of the Daguerre Monument in 2014 was made possible with federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Advisory Committee.
Location. 38° 53.857′ N, 77° 1.325′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street Northwest and F Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south on 7th Street Northwest. Touch for map. at the southeast corner of the National Portrait Gallery. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Daguerre Monument (here, next to this marker); Vaquero (a few steps from this marker); Discover DC / Gallery Place / Arena (within shouting distance of this marker); Mary Church Terrell (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roots of Freedom and Equality (within shouting distance of Man with Briefcase (within shouting distance of this marker); Patent Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker); General Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Penn Quarter.
Also see . . .
1. Who Is That Frenchman on Seventh Street?. National Portrait Gallery, Face to Face blog. (Submitted on February 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. History and Practice of Photogenic Drawing. A translation of Daguerre's booklet describing his technique. (Submitted on February 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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